All rivers run south

Well south east.

This is more like it. I was worried, I was spending money like I have a lot. I don’t have a lot. I could blame the weather which encouraged me to seek warmth and comfort with its associated costs. Or I could admit I enjoyed spending time in cities socialising and meeting people. Either way after four weeks I was over budget.

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The solution? A few days in the ‘wilderness’. Time to put things back in balance or check. So after a day spent wandering Madrid spending no money and feeling cold and unwell I set off again south east. Four days of sunshine and tailwinds. It’s been cold but there is a certain satisfaction to a comfortable warm nights sleep when you exit the tent to find frost on the outside. That is until you hands freeze packing it away. Not so fun.

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Importantly I’ve spent very little. If I can keep things in check now I’ve reached Murcia then I’ll be well under budget for this week and with a fairly decent distance to cover to Zaragoza (via Valencia) I should be able to repeat that in the coming week too.

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It feels like spring in Murcia. Warm and sunny with the temperature comfortably above 10 degrees. Time to soak up the sunshine and heat for a few days before turning north and starting the journey back towards the UK. A slow meandering journey, when I leave here hopefully on Wednesday I’ll have 5 1/2 weeks to get back to the north coast of France which is plenty.

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That’s one of the hard things to judge when touring. I seem to be putting in longer distances per day suddenly. Better weather, tailwinds and more daylight hours definitely contribute but there is a part of me that thinks my fitness should be improving too. That part is much harder to judge. I’m not necessarily making use of the longer daylight hours and still riding for roughly the same amount of time. However I’m getting further and feeling less worn out at the end of the day.

I have to be careful though it’s not a race and I don’t really want to fork out the £25 it costs to alter my return ferry.

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